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ANTIOXIDANTS

PREVENT SKIN DAMAGE FROM THE INSIDE OUT

UV rays, infrared radiation, pollution, and lifestyle factors generate damaging free radicals that prematurely age skin. SkinCeuticals antioxidants neutralise these unstable molecules, acting as a second line of defence against photodamage and accelerated skin ageing. In addition to preventing damage, SkinCeuticals antioxidants have been proven to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, laxity, and hyperpigmentation by neutralising free radicals and helping to stimulate collagen production.

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The Importance of an Antioxidant Serum

As the third step of your regimen, after cleansing and toning, antioxidant serums work to neutralise unstable molecules (known as free radicals) to provide effective protection against environmental and UV damage. In addition to working as a preventative measure against oxidative stress, the use of antioxidants for skin also aid in the repair of existing damage, reducing the appearance of ageing, discolouration and acne scarring.

Antioxidant Skin Care Explained

What are antioxidants?

Antioxidants are naturally formulated cell compounds which neutralise harm from oxidants caused within cells. As ‘anti’ ‘oxidants’, antioxidants fight oxidation in the body, healing and repairing any damage caused by oxidation. Oxidation is a negative chemical reaction caused by increased production of free radicals and unwanted reactive damage. Antioxidants work to fight harmful forces within your cells. Without antioxidants, free-radicals would bring harm and create an imbalance, which can lead to certain diseases (including heart, liver and some types of cancer). While antioxidants are hero compounds that are naturally stored within everyone’s cells, when the free radical's damage to cells is too strong our antioxidant reserve can be depleted.
Source: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/antioxidants

What do antioxidants do?

Antioxidants in the body prevent oxidation and oxidative stress by combating free radical damage, the cause of oxidation. Free radicals contain unpaired electrons, these singular electrons are highly reactive and cause cells to breakdown and deteriorate. Antioxidants neutralise these free radicals by providing the singular electron with a pair, stabilising and normalising it. However, as antioxidants fight free radicals, their supply can be depleted and must be replenished. Maintain the antioxidants in your skin with SkinCeuticals’ range of topical vitamin C treatments such as our C E Ferulic serum. Incorporating antioxidant-rich products into your skincare routine will help stabilise free radicals and create healthier looking skin.
Source: https://news.psu.edu/story/141171/2008/08/18/research/probing-question-how-do-antioxidants-work

What do antioxidants do for the skin?

Antioxidants are great for your overall health and have clear and proven benefits for your skin. Antioxidants repair the damage caused by free radicals, working to soothe and undo any harm. Your skin is exposed to a range of elements such as those from UV rays and pollution, because of this it will experience oxidation, a negative deterioration of your healthy skin cells. Antioxidants better equip the skin to face these inevitable environmental factors as antioxidative enzymatic and nonenzymatic systems have inherent reparative abilities in the skin. Using Antioxidant serum or incorporating it into your skincare routine will help brighten, soothe and help prevent the signs of aging.
Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3299230/

What is oxidative stress?

Oxidative stress is a harmful bodily function that can attack cell membranes and other cell structures including DNA, cellular proteins and lipids. Oxidative stress can be attributed to environmental factors, sunlight, pollution, alcohol, stress and cigarette smoke are some key catalysts. When your body digests oxygen, it can sometimes produce ‘free radicals’. Your body can maintain a portion of free radicals, however, oxidative stress and disease can occur when this gets too high and an imbalance occurs. The diseases caused by oxidative stress can include heart, liver and certain cancers. Antioxidant defence plays a key role in avoiding oxidative stress as it keeps the rates of free radicals down, avoiding consequential impacts such as disease and cell damage.
Source: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/antioxidants

What are free radicals?

Free radicals are harmful molecules within the cells of our bodies, they are highly reactive and lead to the generation of additional free radicals unless tended to. Free radicals can be caused naturally or through negative environmental factors (such as smoking, UV exposure and pollution). Free radicals can be formed naturally when a molecule contains unpaired electrons. Electrons typically come in a set, therefore, a singular one creates anarchy within the cell. Additionally, these unpaired electrons will begin scavenging a partner from other molecules, thus exacerbating the issue beyond the initial cell. Antioxidants neutralise free radicals, they provide a partner electron, transforming this singular and chaotic molecule into one that is harmless.
Source: https://news.psu.edu/story/141171/2008/08/18/research/probing-question-how-do-antioxidants-work

Types of antioxidants?

There is a large list of antioxidants that can be naturally be found in a variety of plants and food. Here are some antioxidant examples that are especially potent for skincare: - Vitamin C (I-ascorbic acid): An antioxidant vitamin that is great for combination or oily skin. - Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol): Best suited for people with a dry skin type. - Ferulic acid: Primarily used for its antiaging properties. - Phloretin: An antioxidant to reduce skin pigmentation. - Resveratrol: A potent antioxidant with anti-inflammatory action. - Baicalin: This antioxidant enzyme has calming and anti-aging properties.
Source: https://www.skinceuticals.co.uk/skin-explained/antioxidants-explained

What foods contain antioxidants?

Antioxidants are stored within a variety of plants and foods, primarily fruits and vegetables but can also be found within nuts, whole grains and some proteins (meat, poultry and fish). Incorporating a healthy diet with superfoods, like fresh fruit and vegetables will see an increase in antioxidants. Here’s a list of antioxidant rich foods which will help to support an anti-inflammatory diet: - Avocados are a food that is high in vitamin E, an important and regenerative antioxidant. - Sweet potatoes have a rich source of vitamin A, helping to reduce free radicals. - Red capsicums are rich in cryptoxanthin and vitamin C, getting two different antioxidants in one food. - Broccoli contains vitamin C and indoles, also two different types of antioxidants. - Tomatoes contain lycopene, making it a powerful antioxidant fruit. If it is challenging to incorporate all these foods into your diet, SkinCeuticals’ antioxidant-rich serums and moisturisers will deliver a boost of these powerful anti-ageing ingredients topically to your skin to help with protection against environmental damage. Each of our bottles is designed to be used every day and completed within three months.
Source: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/antioxidants  https://www.skinceuticals.co.uk/skin-explained/antioxidants-explained

Best antioxidants for anti-aging?

All antioxidants are great for your overall health and well-being, working to protect and restore your damaged cells which in turn prevents premature signs of aging. Vitamin C and vitamin E are the primary antioxidants for anti-aging, they scavenge free radicals and correct damage, resulting in a more youthful appearance. Vitamin C: Vitamin C is a central ingredient for SkinCeuticals, as our founder Dr. Pinnell was the first scientist to stabilise vitamin C for use in skincare products. Vitamin C penetrates the skin deeply, providing incredible properties. As Vitamin C is an active ingredient, it’s best stored in cool, dark places with a shelf life up to 3 months. Vitamin E: Another powerful antioxidant, vitamin E is known to accelerate the natural regeneration process of the skin. Particularly effective powerful on stretch marks and other skin marks, vitamin E will protect against signs of aging, keeping your skin looking and feeling healthy.
Source: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/antioxidants 

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